Two Jamaica Plain organizations were included in the latest round Boston Resiliency Fund grant money.
Earlier this month, Mayor Martin announced that Omega Men in Action and Chica Project will share in this latest funding round totaling $3.85 million to 62 nonprofits in Boston.
Walsh said the organizations in this round of funding work to ensure access to food and other basic needs for Boston residents and to promote public health in the city through community-based outreach and engagement.
“The Boston Resiliency Fund has been an invaluable resource in our efforts to support the critical services that Boston’s nonprofits have continued to provide throughout the pandemic,” said Walsh. “This latest round of grants is our biggest yet, and serves as our way to support these organizations for all the work that they do and for providing essential resources to our community year-round. I also want to thank the Steering Committee for their steadfast commitment to and oversight of the Fund.”
According to the city, Omega Men in Action will use the Boston Resiliency Fund grant to expand the capacity of its Emergency Food Pantry. The grant will allow Omega Men in Action to immediately provide access to healthy dietary and hygiene options for the increased number of families who now find themselves in need due to the pandemic.
“Omega Men In Action is a non-profit organization established to uplift and enhance opportunities for youth and families within the greater Boston communities. A key program is our emergency food pantry, which provides bi-monthly food distribution to families across Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and Hyde Park,” said Board Member Michael Munn. “The enormously appreciated assistance and funding that we received from the Boston Resiliency Fund is a Godsend. In addition to enabling the expansion of our food pantry, it will allow us to upgrade our refrigeration capacity, augment our delivery service to seniors, and distribute additional facemasks, hand sanitizer and other PPE.”
The grant money distribution will also help Chica Project continue to provide stipends to Peer Leaders as well as training to mentors. This will help Chica Project continue to offer a targeted micro-public health campaign/community forum that improves public education for Latinx girls and other young women of color about how to prevent COVID-19.
In November the Boston Resiliency Fund paused the rapid response grantmaking it had been doing since late March of last year to evaluate how the Fund could best serve Boston residents with limited remaining funds. The Fund received feedback from its non-profit partners that there was still an overwhelming demand for food and other basic needs, like diapers, formula and hygiene products, and that there was a need for further education regarding public health guidance and the safety and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine. Prioritizing these two focus areas, the fund’s Steering Committee re-opened its grant application to any interested non-profit serving Boston residents. There were 137 applications seeking over $19 million in aid for this funding round.
Since its launch in March of 2020, $34.5 million has been donated to the Boston Resiliency Fund and 377 Boston-based organizations have received over $34.1 million in funding.